Category: Equity

Why We Invested in Art of Sport

CircleUp Growth Partners is proud to welcome Art of Sport (AOS) as our 22nd portfolio company. AOS is a complete line of daily essential body and skincare products powered by natural botanicals and clean ingredients. Co-Founder and CEO Matthias Metterich and his team have brought truly game changing personal care products to market and wrapped ...

Why We Invested in Partake Brewing

We are thrilled to welcome Partake Brewing, a low-calorie / low-carb craft non-alcoholic beer, as CircleUp Growth Partner’s 21st portfolio company. Partake was launched in 2017 by Ted Fleming after he gave up drinking alcohol due to Crohn’s disease but wasn’t ready to give up craft beer. While our team first met Ted a few ...

Helio Found Liquid I.V. in 2017, What Does The Data Say in 2020?

It was announced today that Liquid I.V., the leading better-for-you electrolyte drink mix brand, has signed an agreement to be acquired by Unilever. We’re extremely excited to congratulate Brandin and team on the company they have built. Liquid I.V. is a standout brand in CircleUp Growth Partners’ portfolio and a great example of how we ...

Congratulations, Liquid I.V.!

It was announced today that Liquid I.V., a leading better-for-you electrolyte drink mix brand, has signed an agreement to be acquired by Unilever. We are incredibly proud to have partnered with Founder & CEO Brandin Cohen over the last two years, as he and his team have built a brand that deeply resonates with consumers ...

Welcome Koia – Here’s to a Plant-Based Future!

Our team first met Chris Hunter in 2017, early in his journey in making Koia the leading plant-based beverage company in the United States. His story is an inspiring one – from founding Four Loko at the age of 25 to selling Not Your Father’s Root Beer to Pabst to becoming a spokesperson for a ...

The Cleanwashing of Clean Beauty

I recently covered clean beauty branding and the ambiguity associated with how clean beauty brands market themselves. Front label messaging associated with the word “clean” can be unclear, which suggests that the lists of both ingredients and non-ingredients (e.g., parabens, sulfates, phthalates) matter. I’d ask what specific ingredients give meaning to the term clean. Are ...

Defining Clean Beauty: Beyond the Branding

On the back label of beautifully packaged faces, behind the concealer of marketing jargon, what does clean beauty mean? Combing through the marketing jargon using CircleUp’s machine learning technology, Helio, we’ve identified the most common terms used to describe clean beauty products. Initially, we focused on the skincare sector for the purposes of narrowing in on ...

Welcome Peach––making the side-hustle work for women

To help women thrive. That’s the mission of Peach, a direct sales, lifestyle apparel brand focused specifically on contemporary athleisure and it’s a big part of the reason that CircleUp Growth Partners made an investment in the business. We are thrilled to welcome Janet Kraus (CEO), Derek Ohly (COO) and the entire Peach team to ...

Welcome Cali’flour Foods –– the better-for-you and grain-free pizza

There’s a lot of confusion today about what “better-for-you” means. Is it low carb? High protein? Low calorie? Low sugar? Grain-free? And, the question of “does it taste good?” is often an afterthought. It’s not easy to come across a product that has a quantifiably better nutrition profile and is known for its taste. When ...

Welcome The Good Crisp Company––the guilt-free stacked chips

Originally hailing from Australia, The Good Crisp Companyhas reimagined the classic canister stacked chip and is now winning over the American consumer with their guilt-free and great tasting potato chips. Earlier this year, we announced our investment in the company and today we wanted to share why we were most excited by the opportunity. An ...